How Pigheaded Are You

This time of year we are all thinking about a new start in a new year.

Whether it be a new diet, a new fitness regime, sorting out finances or simply thinking about what we want to change.

My biggest problem with a lot of this is that I don’t always follow through on what I plan. My other downfall is that I never really fact check things because I believe I know better.

I often fool myself into thinking that I am doing things right and making changes, when in reality I’m not. To be blunt I can be a bit Pigheaded in thinking I’m always right.

Yesterday I had my first session of 2021 with my cardiac nurse and it was a bit of an eye opener. Over the last few months I was under the impression that some of the changes I had made where working.

In reality, these changes were only scratching the surface and were really just something that I was doing so I could tick a box. In reality, I wasn’t doing enough.

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Last year I made the move from drinking caffeinated soft drinks to the caffeine free options. I kept patting myself on the back and saying, yes I’m making the right moves.

My wife kept saying that I should really be cutting back on the amount of carbonated soft drinks I consume rather than caffeine content.

Me, being pigheaded did not take much notice and for that I apologise to her. I should know by now that when it comes to my health, she is usually right.

My visit to my cardiac nurse re-enforced that as my blood pressure is still very high.

I don’t want more medication and certainly don’t want it to get worse. This means I need to face reality and make some MAJOR changes and to stick to them.

So, when I woke up this morning I started looking at things on the net about drinks and what I can use to help me lower my BP. I had to accept the hard fact that if I wanted to see a difference then I needed to kick my habit.

After years of being addicted to carbonated soft drinks, I need to bin them and bin them for good. In order to do this, and to make sure it works, I’m phasing things out over the coming weeks.

There’s no point doing cold turkey because I know it will be more detrimental in the long run. By cutting back gradually on the bad stuff and by replacing them with some of the good stuff, hopefully it will stick with me long term.

So, its time for me to make an effort in making healthy shakes, drink more water, drink less soda and basically sort myself out. I know that only I can make these changes but with the support of those around me I can do it.

I need to listen to others who are there for me and just not dismiss them by thinking I know best.

If anyone has any recipes for smoothies etc, please feel free to pass them on.

Today my BP was 170/89 – hopefully I can get this down over the coming months but only time and commitment will tell.

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Published by Steve McKenzie

Old dad looking to get back in the dojo, fix his busted heart, lose some weight and provide for his family.

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